The mission of the Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme is to reduce the volume of end of life tyres currently being disposed of in a manner which is damaging to the environment i.e. via landfill, illegal dumping or undesirable export.
The outcome is to increase the recycling rate through the promotion of economic uses of the resulting recycled feed-stock of such tyres.
In 2013-14, only 5 per cent of end of life tyres were recycled in Australia*. The immediate aim of the Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme, administered by the TSA, is to increase the recycling rate to 50 per cent over five years.
The objectives of the Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme are to:
increase resource recovery and recycling and minimise the environmental, health and safety impacts of end-of-life tyres generated in Australia, and
develop Australia’s tyre recycling industry and markets for tyre derived products.
The objectives of the scheme will be achieved through industry participation at all levels of the tyre supply chain and with the support of government. The ACCC authorisation of a small levy on the sale of new tyres and the broad industry participation in the scheme will ensure the viability of both the scheme and the economic foundation to provide encouragement for new uses for properly recycled end of life tyres.
TSA has successfully established a robust governance framework, particularly around audit and compliance activities and market development investment. The focus for TSA remains on both expansion and consolidation. This strategy outlines TSA’s focus of activity in the next three years to ensure continuous improvement and ongoing success of the Scheme.